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Torcello Island, Venice

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Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Plan to visit Torcello Island during your Venice vacation using our convenient Venice tourist route planner.
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  • WE stopped at Torcello on a 3 island tour. Very quiet, not much doing. Relaxing, great energy. WE wanted to come back in the evening for dinner but had already made plans.  more »
  • Excellent option to exit from the Centre of Venice and know a church with Byzantine mosaics in the midst of peace.
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  • We were in winter... foyer... charm walk per torcello, all the atmosphere kept a mystery in each one of its few houses and statues... .bello
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